Coronavirus has affected all of us and looks to do so for the foreseeable future. Whilst it’s difficult to plan for the race (and your training), our club members raced in enjoyable socially-distanced triathlons this autumn. So we are optimistic that we will be able to race safely and enjoyably in June 2021 by following similar best practices including:
- providing all briefings and race info ahead of time
- increasing social distancing, for example racing in waves
- increasing hygiene and minimising touch points
- providing you support from a distance
It is likely that numbers will be restricted this year but we will confirm all our plans in spring.
In them meantime, the following is a very thoughtful note from the Head Coach of Mid Sussex Tri Club.. With training plans hit, races cancelled, daily routines thrown up in the air, try some of these ideas out as you adjust to this new situation.
- Race substitute.
If you had a key race right on the horizon e.g. a marathon, then think about redefining a solo effort test in place of that race – do it, record it, then go into a full recovery period as you would after your planned race. If you have been building to a marathon, then your body will be crying out for recovery! Now is the time to get it.
- Just take a break.
Accept that this is what is happening – you can ‘control the controllables’ but this is an uncontrollable. So do yourself a favour, take one or two weeks off to get used to the new situation, allow your body to recover and reassess your training plans with a new sense of perspective.
- Back to base.
If you were beginning to build your training load for the upcoming duathlon/triathlon seasons, ease that training load back to base-phase again. Take the intensity down a notch or two, focus on longer aerobic sessions if you can. Consider this approach for the next 8-12 weeks. Reassess every 4 weeks – you can always begin to ramp up your training load if the situation becomes clearer.
- Release the pressure valve.
Don’t expect to hold on to high intensity training right now. It is unrealistic (and unhealthy) to continue to train at high intensity for long periods of time. You greatly increase your likelihood of injury and you will soon fatigue mentally, so give yourself a break.
- Build strength & mobility.
Research and work out a strength program that you can do at home. Think about your own strengths and weaknesses, do you have recurring problems that are caused by poor form or posture? Where could you be stronger? Make sure you understand and follow good technique of any exercises, ask advice from coaches if you are unsure. The routine you develop need only take up 20-30mins of your time but if you do this 3 times a week, you can make real progress. Start with 3 x 6 reps of any exercise and progress to 3 x 8…, 3 x 10… in subsequent weeks.
- Don’t beat yourself up.
It’s obvious to say but you can only do what you can do. If you don’t get to swim for a while, no worries. Can’t get on that group ride, so be it. The important thing is not to let this perceived lack of activity adversely affect you. Your fitness may take a dip but this is only temporary. Stay active, do what you can and enjoy it for what it is. There will be plenty of time in the future to come back stronger than ever. That training or racing goal has disappeared, it’s just been moved slightly over the horizon for now!